Associate editor JR Sullivan wrote “The Vanishing” (p. 64), a tragic story about a father and son who got lost while hunting. Only one of them was found. How’d you find the story? JRS:
I read about it in a local paper, but the story was short and didn’t talk about what the family was going through. As a hunter, I couldn’t help but imagine myself in the same scenario, and I had a hunch that there was a lot more to the story. Once the interviews started, it quickly became apparent that the family wanted to tell everyone how great Shawn was, to honor him.
Have you ever been lost? real
JRS: Not in any way.
I’ve gotten turned around, and that’s unnerving enough. I can’t fathom what it must have been like for Trevor, lost in that big wilderness. I’d be out of my mind.
What about the family struck you the most?
JRS: They’re tough as hell. I think a lot of people in their situation would have withered, but the Higginses are fighters.